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Flip over vs. Pop up Ice Houses

by , Posted to on 01/11/2006 11:09 AM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/01/2002
Location: ND
Hey guys and gals, I'm going to purchase an ice house and have decided on two houses, either the Clam Voyager or Eskimo QuickFish III (not the QuickFlip). I know that they are two different designs. I will usually be fishing with my wife and 5 year daughter. We will mostly be fishing the lakes around the Bismarck/Mandan area, and do not want a floor model. I would also like to be able to move to different spots when needed. I?m sort of leaning towards the Eskimo QuickFish III for the cost, size, and less weight. I know that I would still have to purchase a sled to haul the ice house, auger, heater, chairs, etc? on the ice. I have hunted out of the Double Bull Blinds before and their setup seems very similar to the QuickFish III. Any suggestions, Thanks.
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by on 01/11/2006 11:16 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/24/2002
Location: ND
I have the Fish Trap Guide and absolutely love it. Not being a big guy i can easily lift it into the back of the truck by my self, with stuff unloaded. With auger, poles, bucket, heater in two people can lift it with ease. I love the flip over design, can easily pull and move to another place. Two seats, usually drill three holes inside. Could fit 4, maybe 5 with out a heater.
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by on 01/11/2006 11:26 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/20/2002
Location: ND
The nice thing about the flip overs is that if you decide you're going to move you don't have to unload the fish house, collapse the fishhouse, load the fish house into the pickup, repack your gear ontop the fish house in the pickup, move, un pack the gear off the fish house, unload the fish house, set up the fish house, reload you're gear into the fish house and start fishing...

With the flip over you flip the top over, collapse it (if you're moving far) load it into the pickup gear and all (or, even better, start your snowmobile / 4 wheeler and pull your house to your next spot) unload it and start fishing...
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by on 01/11/2006 11:40 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/12/2003
Location: ND
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I'm having the same dilemma. I have pretty much decided on the QuickFish III but haven't taken the step of making the actual purchase; so I'm still pondering. Here is a link with some helpful answers I received from others on this same subject - Eskimo OuickFish III vs. Clam 5600 http://www.fishingbuddy.com/forums/topic.php?fid=669716&tid=19728&rid

Fargo area is sold out of the QuickFish III and I am told will not get anymore this season. Where are you finding that they still have them in stock?

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by on 01/11/2006 12:40 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/02/2005
Location: ND
I have the Clam Yukon and love it. It is a little smaller than the Voyager so it doesn't get quite as heavy for pulling out early or late ice it will still fit two people very comfortable plus you can order the jump seat for a third seat for $50. The Trap Line Connector is also a pretty cool feature. The big advantage to the flip over is the portability as everyone knows. The only thing that I see as a disadvantage with the flip overs is that with a heater, the area in front where you fish can get real slippery so you have to be careful. I have fallen a few times!!!

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by on 01/11/2006 12:46 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
the flip over type must be better for spearing?
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by on 01/11/2006 12:57 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/14/2005
Location: ND
I just got the Quickflip III for christmas and I'm inpressed with it and so are all my friends. It has the bench seat that is nice for 3 people. Also the best things is that I can keep all my stuff in the sled. I store my augar, heater, shovel, poles, and buckets all in the sled. That of course makes it heavier but with two people along its easy to get in the back of a truck. And its not a problem with one if you unload it. Very fast set up. Slides good. Big fan of it. If you have any questions about my house just shoot me an email and I can give you any details that I left out.

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by on 01/11/2006 12:58 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
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by on 01/11/2006 1:32 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/20/2002
Location: ND
I agree about the area in front getting slippery... on my next ice fishing outing I'm going to try one of those anti-fatigue mats (rubber mat with the holes cut in it for the shop, etc) and see if that helps... I'm hoping it will also keep my feet warmer by getting them up off the ice...

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by on 01/11/2006 1:49 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/07/2005
Location: MN
walker,

I've been with "fish trap" since 1991 and still am,currently the pro guide,my partner is field testing the new Yukon even nicer than the trap because you can stand-up in it,folds down to a nice sled just like the trap,not any heavier either,also I like the zipper door better than the trap(vertical rather than horizonal)If you pull it behind a sled or wheeler much spend the $40 for the skids,the tub will last forever that way.Also Otter builds a heck of a flip over house and very sturdy and a heavy duty tub/sled.

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by on 01/11/2006 2:13 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/13/2003
Location: ND
To solve the slippery problem, just take along an old peice of carpet. Works great.
 
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by on 01/11/2006 3:52 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: MN
I've got a flip-over Fish Trap Guide. Can't say enough good things about it. All my tackle, tip ups, equipment, bait bucket and Vexilar fit neatly inside, has two chairs that adjust and have back rests. I can punch a row of four holes, and one behind them for the Vex, and put the Mr. Heater Buddy and the Vex on the ice behind the holes.

Plenty of room for two. The only downside is that I can't stand up fully in it. It is about 5'10" tall, I'm 6'2"

Other than that, lightweight and portable, can't go wrong with that!
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by on 01/11/2006 4:53 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/07/2005
Location: MN
Nick,

4 holes in a trap? what happens when you catch a fish in hole #2 or #3? Must be a cluster eh?...lol,especially with gills doing their circles coming up.
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by on 01/11/2006 5:08 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/06/2002
Location: SD
I have a clam yukon and ditto everything stated above. Additionally when the weather is nice you still have a place to sit without flipping the top over. With the house type you're either in or out
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Rapid City, SD
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by on 01/11/2006 6:14 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/26/2004
Location: ND
I just recently switched from a pop-up to a flip over. Wouldnt switch back to a pop up thats for sure. I bought the Frabill Ranger Tri-Plex. Its just as roomy as my 6x8 i had before and nicer to fish in. Easy to load with one guy. Comes with three seats and is high enough for a 6 foot guy to stand in. Take a look at one you woulnt be dissapointed. One thing with the Eskimos is they dont come with chairs. I got three with the purchase of my Frabill.
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by on 01/11/2006 6:24 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/22/2002
Location: ND
My wife gave me the quickfish III for Christmas, and although I have only got to use it once, I definitely prefer it over sled style. It looks as though a few of the replys on here, the people think there is a floor in this shelter, which there is not. refer to the older topic that MossyMo refers to, and there was some good information on this same topic{at least I think so, wink, wink). I think they are sold out in Grand Forks too with no more coming this year.
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by on 01/11/2006 9:23 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/29/2004
Location: ND
I agree with Mercury, I just bought a Frabill Triplex this year and love it. The canvas is tough, and thick, the three chairs are a dream to sit on as well. Before my recent purchase my buddy and I fished out of his 6'x8' for the last 3 years. Last winter I fished with a guy that had a flip over style, and had no doubt in my mind that was the way to go. I wasn't as impressed with the quality of the eskimo canvas as I was with Frabill's.I didn't care for the bench seat either. Another nice feature is the black canvas, on sunny days that canvas soaks up the heat. two thumbs up on the Frabill TriPlex
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